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Police Chief position will be filled

By Kierra Frazier | October 13, 2019

DeKALB — A permanent DeKalb police chief position will be filled by the end of the year, City Manager Bill Nicklas said.Interim Police Chief John Petragallo has served since June 1 when former Police Chief Gene Lowery retired after seven years in the...

Officer Keunte Mallet and his wife Heather and son before his pinning ceremony for his promotion to sergeant during the Jan. 28 City Council meeting at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.

Alumnus becomes first African-American officer promoted to sergeant in DeKalb

By Kierra Frazier | February 10, 2019

Officer Keunte Mallet and his wife Heather and son before his pinning ceremony for his promotion to sergeant during the Jan. 28 City Council meeting at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.

DeKalb PD to talk Safe Streets

By Northern Star Staff | April 23, 2018

DeKALB — City officials are offering residents the opportunity to share their concerns about parking restrictions under the Safe Streets Initiative.The four-phase plan was introduced in November by DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery to improve fire responders...

‘Welcoming Proclamation’ draws support and crowd at City Council

By Lindsey Salvatelli | March 13, 2018

Mayor Jerry Smith signed a proclamation during Monday's City Council meeting as a sign of the city's commitment to diversity and support of immigrant communities.The Welcoming Proclamation is a vision of inclusiveness that focuses on guaranteeing all...

In this Jan. 25 file photo, the City Council discusses the possibility of voting to change the city’s current outdoor smoking regulations at public places at the next council meeting. From left to right: Sixth Ward Alderperson Mike Verbic, Fourth Ward Alderperson Patrick Fagan, Mayor Jerry Smith and Fifth Ward Alderspon Kate Noreiko.

City Council to vote on outdoor smoking regulations

By Sara Rasmussen | January 25, 2018

The City Council met Monday to discuss the possibility of voting to change the city’s current outdoor smoking regulations at public places at the next council meeting. From left to right: Sixth Ward Alderperson Mike Verbic, Fourth Ward Alderperson Patrick Fagan, Mayor Jerry Smith and Fifth Ward Alderspon Kate Noreiko.

SA SENATE | DeKalb parking changes rebuked

By Jessie Kern | December 4, 2017

DeKALB | DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery spoke to the Student Association Senate Sunday to discuss the proposed parking changes that are pending the approval of city council next week.These changes, which are part of the Safe Streets Initiative, are broken...

Council passes parking changes, discusses budget

By Lindsey Salvatelli | November 30, 2017

DeKALB — DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery proposed the Safe Street Initiative during a Monday city council meeting; alderpersons approved the first phase of the plan.The initiative is a four-phase plan to reduce parking traffic in some of the areas in...

City council to hear 2nd parking read

Parking restrictions proposed

By Lindsey Salvatelli | November 16, 2017

DeKALB | During Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, the DeKalb chief of police brought forth a safe street initiatives for review.Gene Lowery, DeKalb Police Department chief, said there has been some movement in regaining back the northwest corridor...

Under the lens: A look at DeKalb crime

By Lindsey Salvatelli | November 16, 2017

Crime Under The Lens is a two-part series that investigates the recent increase of violence in DeKalb and its affect on residents.DEKALB - More than a week has passed since the sound of gunshots rang out on the northwest side of DeKalb, but the gun violence...

Arrests made for aggravated assault at Stevenson Towers

Arrests made for aggravated assault at Stevenson Towers

By Northern Star Staff | October 27, 2017

NIU Police Department officials arrested and charged two non-NIU-affiliated men in connection to an aggravated assault that occurred at the Stevenson Towers Oct. 26.Brian K. Allen and Isaiah R. Rucker fled the scene after the incident but are now in custody...